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Denialism of Climate Change and Evolution

Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
October 23, 2011
Location: 
Greenberg Lounge
Vanderbilt Hall (NYU Law building)
40 Washington Square South
New York, New York


Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is some overlap in personnel between the two issues, but far more people are climate change deniers than evolution deniers. What is interesting to skeptics, however, New York City Skeptics' logois the similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Evolution and global warming opponents also demonize the opposition by accusing them of fraud or other wrong-doing. Denialists in both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for creationism, the ideology of course is religious; for global warming, the ideology is predominantly political and/or economic.

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Religious Politics and Secular Values

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D., Member of NCSE's Board of DirectorsBarbara Forrest
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
October 22, 2011
Location: 
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC



Why is the inclusion of creationism and "intelligent design" still a viable proposal for American biology curricula? What other secular policies are at risk of religious intrusion?

Dr. Forrest is participating in this all-day Institute sponsored by the Center for Inquiry.

Other participants are:

  • Chip Berlet - Senior Analyst at Political Research Associates
  • Jamila Bey - Journalist with Voice of Russia and formerly with NPR
  • Ronald Lindsay - Center For Inquiry CEO and President
  • Barry Lynn - Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Chris Mooney - Host of Point of Inquiry and author of Storm World and Unscientific America
  • Jeff Sharlet - Author of The Family and C Street
  • John Shook Center For Inquiry Director of Education
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Religious Politics and Secular Values

Time: 
9:00am to 5:00pm
Date: 
October 22, 2011
Location: 
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC



Why is the inclusion of creationism and "intelligent design" still a viable proposal for American biology curricula? What other secular policies are at risk of religious intrusion?

Dr. Forrest is participating in this all-day Institute sponsored by the Center for Inquiry.

Other participants are:

  • Chip Berlet - Senior Analyst at Political Research Associates
  • Jamila Bey - Journalist with Voice of Russia and formerly with NPR
  • Ronald Lindsay - Center For Inquiry CEO and President
  • Barry Lynn - Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Chris Mooney - Host of Point of Inquiry and author of Storm World and Unscientific America
  • Jeff Sharlet - Author of The Family and C Street
  • John Shook Center For Inquiry Director of Education
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Creatio continua et imago Dei: una aproximación teológica católica para la evolución del universo

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter M.J. Hess
Time: 
8:00am
To Be Announced
Date: 
October 21, 2011
Location: 
Universidad Panamericana
Augusto Rodin 498
Col. Insurgentes Mixcoac
CP 03920 Del. Benito Juárez
México, D.F.

Creatio continua et imago Dei: A Catholic Theological Approach to the Evolving Universe

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Visit the Congreso México 2011 website

Creatio continua et imago Dei: una aproximación teológica católica para la evolución del universo

Time: 
12:00am
To Be Announced
Date: 
October 21, 2011
Location: 
Universidad Panamericana
Augusto Rodin 498
Col. Insurgentes Mixcoac
CP 03920 Del. Benito Juárez
México, D.F.

Creatio continua et imago Dei: A Catholic Theological Approach to the Evolving Universe

Universidad Panamericana logo
For more information: 
Visit the Congreso México 2011 website

Deja vu all over again: Denialism of climate change and of evolution

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
4:30pm
Date: 
October 15, 2011
Location: 
2011 Professional Development Conference
National Association of Biology Teachers
Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, California

Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Denialists in both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or of climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for denying evolution, the ideology of course is religious; for denying global warming, the ideology is political and/or economic.

For more information: 
Visit the NABT Conference website.

Deja vu all over again: Denialism of climate change and of evolution

Time: 
8:30am
Date: 
October 15, 2011
Location: 
2011 Professional Development Conference
National Association of Biology Teachers
Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way
Anaheim, California

Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Denialists in both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or of climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for denying evolution, the ideology of course is religious; for denying global warming, the ideology is political and/or economic.

For more information: 
Visit the NABT Conference website.

They Call It Academic Freedom

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Barbara Forrest
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
October 9, 2011
Location: 
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas

Texas Freethought Convention
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They Call It Academic Freedom

Time: 
9:00am to 10:00am
Date: 
October 9, 2011
Location: 
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas

Texas Freethought Convention
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The Rise and Fall of Evolution in Texas

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
8:00am
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Date: 
October 8, 2011
Location: 
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas


Texas has had an unusual history regarding the teaching of evolution. For decades, Texas textbooks were required to print a disclaimer on evolution in any book that discussed the subject. Things improved a bit after the Texas Freethought Conventiondisclaimer was removed after an Attorney General issued a negative evaluation of its constitutionality. But evolution in the Texas standards has waxed and waned over the years both in quality and quantity. The most recent spasm of antievolutionism occurred in 2008-09 when the science education standards were revised. How will this affect science education in Texas in the future?

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